Are you in need of your baseball fix but cannot get anything but football and basketball on the television? If you have Netflix / Qwikster (oops was I not supposed to mention that name?) streaming, you can watch the 85 minute documentary "A Player to Be Named Later" which was released in 2005. *** Update *** I just tried to search for this movie on Netflix / Qwikster streaming and it is no longer available (but you can still get the dvd through the mail). Granted I watched this about 4 months ago and am just now getting around to writing about it. I did not realize that some movies vanish from the streaming portion of Netflix. WTF? Did Netflix kill some of the movies when they killed Qwikster? Anyways back to the review. The movie chronicles the trials and tribulations of six minor league players of the Indianapolois Indians, the Triple A affiliate for the Milwaukee Brewers.
This movie take you back to those "Hoop Dreams" type movies where these amateur players are striving so hard to make it to, and stay at, the professional level. There are the cliche baseball stories such as the "Bull Durham" Crash Davis character that has been in the minors for his whole career and he realizes that this is as far as he will get, but loves the game so much, he can't quit. Then there is the player who gets injured and needs to rehab and you can see the his struggle trying to overcome the injury as well as the high level competition. What is neat is that watching this in retrospect about six years later, you know which player makes it (Marco (Polo) Scutaro), and who doesn't. Also with the interwebs, you can look up the statistics of all of the players and actually see how they did beyond the film's end.
Overall I enjoyed this movie. I think most of us dream of playing baseball as a career and, at least for me, this is the closest we will get to see the behind the scenes daily lives of a professional baseball player. So on the SoSG scale of 1 to 5, "A Player to Be Named Later" gets 4 Dodger dogs. And if you watch this as well, tell me what you thought below. Enjoy!